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daxxus386

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Category select function not working + can't find pricing option for free
Posted: Sep 30, 2013 3:34 AM
 
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Tried yesterday to upload/publish a small ebook on Kindle. I've previously published 3 ebooks on Kindle without much hassle. This time the category selecting function didn't seem to work. I clicked on the "categories" link on the publishing page and landed on the selecting box. I clicked "non-fiction" but nothing happened, all that appeared apart from a lot of blank lines next to the boxes were a few unsuitable options such as "mathematics" "law" "history" etc. I tried clicking on the "all" button but nothing happened, no categories appeared so couldn't select any appropriate ones.

Secondly this is a very short ebook and I want to offer it free. I've seen other Kindle ebooks being offered free, but when on the pricing page I couldn't find any option anywhere for making it free, just the two 35% and 70% options. Could someone please help me out with these two problems/questions. Thanks.

I used the Contact link to send a question on the form but haven't had a reply yet. I think I'm more likely to get answers here.
Notjohn

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Re: Category select function not working + can't find pricing option for free
Posted: Sep 30, 2013 5:31 AM   in response to: daxxus386 in response to: daxxus386
 
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You can't price it at zero in the Amz store. You can use freebie promotions through Kindle Select, though I think that's a poor idea, because as the working girl advised the newbie:

Never give anything away, away, away
That you can sell.
Ev'ry night, ev'ry day,
Try to remember, ma belle,
Never give anything away, away, away
That you can sell.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Rebecca

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Re: Category select function not working + can't find pricing option for free
Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:26 AM   in response to: daxxus386 in response to: daxxus386
 
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Amazon have been tinkering with the category-picking bit, and it's not working too well at the moment. Hopefully they'll sort it in a few days.

The only way to go permanently free is to make your book available for free elsewhere, and wait for Amazon to price match it.
Gail Kushner

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Re: Category select function not working + can't find pricing option for free
Posted: Sep 30, 2013 12:04 PM   in response to: daxxus386 in response to: daxxus386
 
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I tried to upload a book on Saturday, but the category selection function was not working and there was a new (to me) cover requirement. On Sunday, I was able to select categories. However, I still can't upload my book because it is caught in the file conversion process. I think Kindle added new items to the uploading process and is working on new categories, etc. I will continue to try uploading my new book and I will hope that these bugs get worked out.
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